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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wet day in Beijing

A wet day in Beijing,South Korea and Seremban!!


Today,the 5 runners from the Seremban group are currently in Beijing and they have completed the Beijing Marathon this morning running in a wet and cold weather.I received news from Francis and Yee in the evening that the weather was very unfavourable to runners.


However Francis managed to do his personal best in such a hostile environment-he finished in 3h 17min!!Lau also managed to do his personal best of 4h 39min but Yee suffered from numbness due to severe cold only managed to finish in 4h 50min.I did not have Heng and Teh's finishing time at this moment.Congratulations to all.....


It was also raining in South Korea....the inaugural South Korean Grand Prix was delayed due to rain.


The same happened in Seremban.Lim and I were doing our long run when it started to pour heavily after we ran for about 15km.However we continued to run in the rain for the next 15km.It was not easy to run in the rain when our shoes were soaked and the rain drops kept on pounding on our face.It was even more difficult if the temperature drop to 10 Celsius like in Beijing today.


To all the 5 Seremban runners,I salute you guys for completing 42km in such a wet and cold weather.I believed I wouldn't be able to finish this marathon if I were to follow you guys to Beijing.


In the mean time,the 5 runners are enjoying their holidays in Beijing.Hopefully can get more updates and have them sharing their Beijing experience in this blog.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Good Luck!


GOOD LUCK,GUYS!!!




All the best to the Seremban runners who are going to run Beijing Marathon this Sunday.I have confident they will do well if the weather condition is favourable.

I predict Yee,Francis and Lau will do their Personal Best in Beijing.

Heng unfortunately has pass his prime time and I don't think he can do another sub 4hours(his personal best time) this Sunday.Teh who is very busy with his business seldom trains, so hopefully he too can runs well this weekend.

As for me,I will do my long run on Sunday with Lim while my five friends are running Beijing Marathon.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Micah 2010

Posting on 10.10.10 at 10.00pm:

I got to know about Micah 2010 when I attended church today.In Malaysia today,on 10.10.10 more than 17,000 Christians in more than 125 churches and groups are praying about God's heart for the poor and justice.


Micah 2010 is a special campaign to focus on our promise to the poor, ten years after nations around the world committed to halve global poverty by 2015.

God's heart has always been for the poor.

Now the world has taken up the challenge.

It's simple to take part at your church or at a larger community event. Don’t miss the chance to be a prophetic voice with the poor.

http://www.micahchallenge.org/

The prayer will be used in churches around the globe on 10.10.10. A children's prayer is also available.

O Lord, our great and awesome God, loyal to your promise of love and faithful to all who honour and obey you, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who live in poverty,

we cry out for those who are denied justice and

we weep for all who are suffering.

We confess that we have not always obeyed you.

We have neglected your commands and have ignored your call for justice.

We have been guided by self-interest and lived in spiritual poverty.

Forgive us.

We remember your promises to fill the hungry with good things, to redeem the land by your mighty hand and to restore peace.

Father God, help us always to proclaim your justice and mercy with humility, so that, by the power of your Spirit, we can rid the world of the sin of extreme poverty.

As part of your global church, we stand with millions who praise and worship you.

May our words and deeds declare your perfect goodness, love and righteousness to both the powerful and the powerless

so that your Kingdom may come on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen


10.10.10 Run in S2


Today is a special day...special because of the date.It is 10th of October 2010 or the simplified 10.10.10


Many people are planning various activities to commemorate this date.


The Seremban group of runners were planning to do a 30km run in the morning consisting of 3 loops of 10km each...10km + 10km +10km loops=10.10.10


We started at 5.00am from Acacia guardhouse in Seremban 2 running towards S2 Heights,the school and returning using the main road.The distance is 10km per loop.


Yee,Lau,Lim,Yesudian and me did the first loop together.Francis was way ahead of us from the beginning of the run.I took 67 minutes to finish the first loop.


Steve joined us for the 2nd loop but Yesudian decided to stop as he was tired due to lack of sleep and late night outing with his friends.I finished the second loop in 65 minutes.By then Yee,Lau,Lim and Steve decided not to continue the 3rd loop.


Yee and Lau are in their tapering week ahead of their Beijing Marathon due in 2 weeks time.Lim has a function to attend.Steve was not feeling well as he is currently down with flu and cough.


So it was me alone for the 3rd last loop.Francis was no where to be seen.He was finishing his 3rd loop when I was about to start mine.It took me 64 minutes to finish my 3rd loop.


By the time I was back to Acacia,everyone has gone off for their breakfast.Only Lau who was fresh and clean after shower was there reading newspaper.We had a brief 10 minutes chat before I went home.

Today's route which was suggested by Francis wasn't so tough and not as hilly as those in RK.


I am quite satisfied with the run which is the longest I have run since KL Marathon.


TWO more long runs before my next marathon:Penang Bridge Marathon in November.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

HK Marathon-Finally

Continuing my story on HK Marathon....

  • After an anxious wait over the weekend,I continue my luck calling HK from 9.00am on Monday 4th October but unsuccessful.Finally I managed to get through at 11.30am.The guy who answered my call don't speak English very well.He told me he can't find my registration in his system.He advised my to re submit my registration again but I told him the online system wouldn't allowed me to do so.He insisted that everything was OK with the system and "warn" me to register again quickly in the challenge category as the normal category full marathon (those with FM time of above 4 hours) has closed due to over whelming response.

Panic!!So I rushed home from work immediately to reapply under the challenge category(this category is for runners doing sub 4 hours in full marathon).Feeling desperate to get a place so I "cooked up" my personal best time for FM and adjusted some info so that the on line system couldn't recognise this was a repeat registration.


  • At 12.30 pm I received the confirmatory email;I was happy and relieved as I has successfully enrolled in HK Marathon under the sub 4h category.Running with the elites!!!

Then the another problem came in the evening....I got another confirmatory e mail for my first application!I called HK again and spoken to another guy who was more helpful.He promised to look into this matter urgently.

  • The next day,I got an email from HK Marathon secretariat informing me they will cancelled and refund my second application.They put me back into the normal FM category.

Now,I am a very happy man.Feeling the burdens and worries off my shoulder.I have never encounter so much problems in registrating for a run.

  • Today,I noticed that registration for HK Marathon-full and half marathon has closed just after a week due to overwhelming response.

My suggestions for the HK Marathon organiser(probably will email this to them later,after they have sorted out the huge volume of applications) :

1)Shouldn't launch the registration process just before a long holiday weekend in Hong Kong.

2)Must have English speaking staff to attend to oversea callers.

3)Must open up more lines for runners to call in.

4)Must have more staffs to reply emails and enquiry promptly.

5)Make sure their registration system can cope with huge volume in the future.


Looking forward to run in Hong Kong Marathon next year with Francis,Steve,Lim and Heng.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

HK Marathon-Uncertainty

Registration for Hong Kong Marathon has started since last Thursday from 4.00pm.Being the "kiasu" and "kan cheong"type of person,I was preparing to register immediately when the online registration was available.


However,due to some "forces"beyond my control,I was unable to access to my computer from 4.00pm up to 5.30pm on that day.I was very busy with my work.It was a non stop work for the one and the half hour.


But I was determine to finish my marathon registration as soon as possible.The moment I was free for a few minutes,I keyed in my particulars to the HK Marathon website despite some pending works waiting for me.In the hurry,my registration was unable to get through the payment portion.There was an undefined ERROR!!What went wrong?Did I typed in some incorrect info?


Then I attempted to register again and was prompted not to try again but to contact HKAAA on their hot line.I am "banned"!!


Now..the worst nightmare:calling Hong Kong and no one answers the phone.It was only voice mail.Sending email and there wasn't any reply.


My mind is confused.The fear of not going to Hong Kong Marathon with the rest of the group (Francis,Steve and Heng have successfully registered) and losing my money on my nonrefundable flight tickets.


In order to calm myself,I reason out that I should give the organiser the benefit of doubt that they were busy and there was a long weekend holiday.Probably I will get my reply by tomorrow..Monday.


Looking back,I wonder why I was so impatient and anxious to have it done immediately.There are plenty of time.The running slots won't filled up in a few hours.Probably I was still having the "Airasia Japan fever" where I spent 2 hours chasing after cheap flights to Japan on the launching day.The fear and the anxiety of losing the cheap flights were intense.It was like a competition.But for your information...I failed to get any cheap flights to Japan.



Lesson learned;in the future,I shall not rush myself in registering for any race.I must do it in an unhurried and calm manner.


In the mean time,it is back to the waiting game and many more phone calls to Hong Kong.If there is no response from HK in the next 48 hours,then I have to proceed to my PLAN B.


I just can't miss this event.It is a must attend event.Hopefully I don't need PLAN B.